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28 November | Nature for Development and Climate

About this day

This day features two sessions – “Nature for Development,” which highlights the many ways that nature is essential for achieving our Sustainable Development Goals; and “Nature for Climate,” which explores why nature is so important for achieving our goals for climate mitigation and adaptation.


Session 1.1 (9AM EDT - 28 Nov, 2022) | Nature for Development

28 November, 2022
9AM – 12:30PM EDT

This session demonstrates how our traditional economic development models and metrics are not suited for a nature-positive future, and highlights the shifts we must make. This session also shows how we can implement a systems change approach to put nature at the heart of sustainable development, including through spatial planning.


Defining the Nature of Development

Human development – the process by which we strive to improve social and economic wellbeing for all – has for too long ignored the environmental impacts of economic growth. This segment encourages us to redefine the very nature of development.

New Rules for Development

This segment shows why we need to change the rules for development. We need to start thinking about how we measure progress, and how we measure wealth, and we need to learn to live within our planetary boundaries, while providing wellbeing for all of humanity.

Systems Change in Theory and Practice

This segment shows how we not only need to rethink human development, but we need to change our relationship with the planet. This requires more than just new tools to measure progress or measure national wealth; it requires a new narrative about nature, and a systems change approach.

Putting Nature at the Heart of Development

Rethinking development means that we need to reset our relationship with nature. In this segment we explore one way to do that – by using spatial data to put nature at the very heart of sustainable development.

Session 1.2 (1PM EDT - 28 Nov, 2022) | Working with Nature

28 November, 2022
1PM – 4:30PM EDT

Nature underpins half of the targets of the SDGs. This session will detail the importance of implementing nature-based solutions at scale in order to achieve the SDGs, the Paris Climate Accords, and the Global Biodiversity Framework.


Nature for Development

This segment explores the different ways nature-based solutions provide for food and water security, safety and disaster risk reduction, health and nutrition, and even fuels our imagination to solve engineering challenges!

Nature for Climate

This segment explores how protecting, restoring and sustainably managing nature is essential for achieving our goals on climate mitigation and adaptation. In fact, nature-based climate solutions are among the most cost-effective solution we have for tackling climate change!

Nature’s Newsroom

This segment highlights some of the interviews and sessions from the 27th global climate conference, with compelling voices on the nexus of climate and nature.


Virtual Booths

Virtual booths

Visit our partners' virtual booths to find prime content and to learn more about the work they do to secure nature for life.

Virtual booths are an opportunity to explore relevant multimedia assets, key publications, blogs, links to events, social media posts, top campaigns and more.


The Global Environment Facility is the world’s largest funder of biodiversity protection, nature restoration, pollution reduction, and climate change response in developing countries. It finances…
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  UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress.…
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  Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by “thinking…
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  SEED works directly with growing enterprises and aspiring entrepreneurs in our Enterprise Support programmes to strategise, optimise and award achievements in eco-inclusive entrepreneurship. SEED…
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The project ‘Mapping Nature for People and Planet’ supports nations in using the latest advances in spatial data technology and science to create their own…
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  The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for…
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  Youth4Nature (Y4N) is a by-youth, for-youth, international non-profit organisation. We educate, equip, & establish youth as leaders on system-wide solutions for the nature and…
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  WRI is a global nonprofit organization that works with leaders in government, business and civil society to research, design, and carry out practical solutions…
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  The World Benchmarking Alliance is a non-profit organisation holding 2,000 of the world’s most influential companies accountable for their part in achieving the Sustainable…
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  UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) is a geospatial platform designed to support policymakers to develop data-driven sustainable development solutions. With over 400 of the world’s…
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  Founded in 1992, UNEP FI is the UN-convened network of banks, insurers and investors to accelerate sustainable development. Working with 400+ members, representing $100+…
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  Since its inception in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been the global authority that sets the environmental agenda, promote the coherent…
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  Systems Change Lab is a collaborative initiative designed to spur action at the pace and scale needed to tackle some of the world’s greatest…
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  One Earth is a nonprofit organization working to accelerate collective action to solve the climate crisis through groundbreaking science, inspiring media, and an innovative…
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  The Finance for Biodiversity Foundation supports a call to action on global leaders and collaboration amongst financial institutions to protect and restore biodiversity through…
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  Business for Nature is a global coalition of 75+ influential organizations and forward-thinking companies calling for governments to adopt policies to reverse nature loss…
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  BIOFIN, a United Nations Development Programme-managed global programme, exists to demonstrate how nature-positive economies can work for people and the planet. Learn more → …
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  The Bezos Earth Fund was created by a commitment of $10 billion from Jeff Bezos to be disbursed as grants within the current decade.…
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Lightning Talks

Featured talks

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Dialogues and Fireside Chats

Featured dialogues

From the Field

Action Center



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Nature-positive economy




Nature for climate and development



Catalyzing local action




Aligning finance with nature



Creating a planetary safety net


Grab and Go

Grab and go

Visit the Nature for Life e-library and explore our endless collection of online resources.

These materials include reports, policy briefs, digital booklets, online tools and more, from the Nature for Life partners and other organizations advancing on nature-based solutions for sustainable development.


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  • Catalyzing local action
  • Creating a planetary safety net
  • Financing nature
  • Rethinking the nature of development
  • Shifting to a nature-positive economy
  • Working with nature

Media Center


Rethinking the Nature of Development


Aligning Finance with Nature


Catalyzing Local Action


Nature for Climate and Development


Nature-positive Economy

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Creating a Planetary Safety Net

Multimedia gallery

Rethinking the nature of development

Working with nature

Working with nature

Shifting to a nature-positive economy

Catalyzing local action

Creating a planetary safety net